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Inside every older person there is a younger person wondering what the heck happened. Mary Louise Andreasen was born Aug. 13, 1925, to Orena and Gordon C. Gardner in Los Angeles, Calif. She passed away peacefully Sept. 27, 2015, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood.
As a child, Mary Louise lived the Navy life, living in Kansas, Panama and San Diego, Calif. She met her future husband Virgil Andreasen, a Marine, while being a telephone operator in San Diego. They were married Feb. 2, 1946, after Virgil returned from the war. The city girl, who was used to running water and electricity, entered the country life outside Dagmar, Mont. Virgil promised if she did not like it, they would move elsewhere. And, boy, are we thankful she was very adaptable as she loved the farm life and this land.
Mary Louise had a green thumb which was evident in her large garden and beautiful flowers. She loved to cook and could always pull off a meal at a moment’s notice. The young fellows they hired to help with the seeding, haying and harvest still marvel about the food. Everyone knew there was always a fresh pot of coffee at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
She enjoyed staying home, working on cross stitch, playing cards and doing word puzzles. As a member of Nathanael Lutheran Church, she was always behind the scenes helping with projects and events. The Nisse and Danish traditions were very important to her. To Mary Louise, “Family was everything, and everything was about family.”
Virgil and Mary Louise loved to travel, fish and hunt Montana agates with family and friends. Virgil passed away in 1998. A stroke in 2014 brought a new chapter to Mary Louise’s life as she moved to the Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home. The amazing staff quickly became part of the family during their care for Mary Louise.
She enjoyed going through family photos and adapted to the new age of technology watching videos of her numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and “Facetiming” kept her in everyday contact.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; daughters, Clairena and infant Holly Jean; her brother, George Gardner; and son-in-law, Richard Nygard.
Mary Louise is survived by her daughters, Rita Nygard, June Walsh and Signe (Jim) Bannister; grandchildren, Michele and Lloyd Nygard, Samantha (Cory) Johnston, Matt (Melissa) Walsh, Justin (Catrina) Walsh, Andrea (Fred) Fritts, Daniel Bannister, Theresa (Jon) Bailey, Virgil (Michelle) Smith, Mary F. (William) BlackDog and Suzann Smith; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; nephew, Gordon Gardner; and son-in-law, Frank Smith.
Funeral services for Mary Louise Andreasen will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Nathanael Lutheran Church near Dagmar. Interment will follow at the Nathanael Lutheran Cemetery. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
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Twyla Daun (Chell) Picard, 63, died Sept. 17, 2015.
She was born April 14, 1952, the oldest child to Harvey and Josephine Chell, in Webster, S.D. When she was still little, Harvey and Jo moved their small family to Froid, where she would spend her childhood, grow up, make many lifelong friends and go to school. She was very proud to be a Froid Cardinal.
Froid is where she would meet Samuel Lee Picard of Bainville. They had a whirlwind romance and were married in the Lutheran church in Froid Aug. 16, 1969. They spent many hardworking years on the family farm north of Bainville and east of Froid.
She was renowned for her cooking and baking skills and they never had any trouble finding help on the farm. She could also get out and work the cattle and sheep and drive truck with best of them.
In 1983, after their daughter Tawny Jo was born, Twyla and Sam moved their family to Billings. They bought Al’s Bootery and the Redwing shoe store. They had many successful years selling western and work boots to the people of Billings and the surrounding area. They also started a successful residential construction company soon after moving to Billings that is still going strong today.
She loved to look at and be in the mountains of Montana. She and her family spent many days up and around Cooke City.
Her grandchildren were her heart and joy. Time spent at Nana’s house was very special for her "grandbabies" and parents were discouraged from hanging out too long.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marie Ann Picard; and her sister, Renette Chell.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Lee Picard; mother, Josephine Chell; daughter, Tawny Jo Picard; son, Shay Christon Picard; seven grandchildren; brother, Dwight Chell; and sister, Becky Lubbers.
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Wayne E. Shipp, 53, of Glasgow died Sept. 26, 2015.
He was born Jan. 2, 1962, in Glasgow to Lloyd and Theresa (De-
Bray) Shipp. He attended Glasgow Schools and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1980. He married Lori Orahood July 19, 1986, in Malta. The couple had four children, Wyatt, Joe, Erika and Della.
He was a life-long rancher north of Glasgow and was very active in the Glasgow community. He loved to help others, he was enthusiastic about 4-H, high school wrestling, photography, learning to play the banjo and was an avid athlete. He was an inspiration to many with his encouragement to others through his actions and beliefs. He participated in the Spartan Race six weeks after having major surgery following his cancer diagnosis. He participated several times in the “Longest Dam Race.”
He was a member of Valley County Farm Bureau and the Montana Farm Bureau Federation where he held several offices. He was a brand inspector for several years and he went on to graduate from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy to become a district livestock investigator. He received the Governor’s Award for his investigative work. Most recently, he retired from the Valley County Sheriff’s Department where he was a deputy and member of the SWAT team. Upon retirement, he received the Daniel R. Taylor Sheriff’s Star Award.
He is survived by his wife, Lori Shipp; children, Wyatt Shipp, Joe Shipp, Erika Hanson and Della Shipp; one granddaughter; mother, Theresa Shipp; and siblings, Jaylein Nickles, Patty Geer, Doyle Shipp and Rosalie Spinler.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Scott Hedegaard officiating. Burial was at the Shipp Ranch north of Glasgow.
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Edgar "Eddie" Orval Garwood, 94, of Nashua, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at his home on the family farm south of Nashua.
He was the only child of Marion and Gertrude (Bailey) Garwood. He was born April 23, 1921, in Jackson County, Ky., near the small community of Gray Hawk. When he was a month old, the family traveled to Montana and homesteaded four miles south of Nashua, near the confluence of the Milk and Missouri rivers.
He spent much of his childhood shadowing first his mother and later his father in their daily farming life. As well as farming, the family ran a dairy for many years on the farm. He started school in Nashua at the age of seven.
After he finished the eighth-grade, the family sold the dairy and moved to Lewisburg, Ohio, where Marion’s family was from, and purchased a farm there. In Ohio, he decided he needed to work to help the family instead of going to school. Even though he never went to high school, he was very well read and self-educated himself on many issues. During his time back east, he worked many jobs in several states, including mechanical and construction jobs. He was offered a foreman’s job with an iron company, but he said he felt the pull of farming and Montana never left his thoughts.
After the start of World War II, the family moved back to Montana. He farmed alongside his parents for several years. On Feb. 7, 1945, he married Theona "Toni" Moum and they began their life together on the farm. In June 1945, he was drafted into the Army and went to California for his training. In November, he received a medical discharge from the service. He arrived home about a month before his eldest child, Ronald, was born. Two daughters later joined the family, Karen and Diane.
The Garwood family farm started with the original homestead but as the years passed, the farm grew to include both dry wheat land as well as irrigated hay land.
Even though he did not have any siblings, he was very close with his cousins on both sides of his family.
As with many farmers and ranchers, he never really retired. He and Toni spent much time in the winter months traveling and put many miles on cars. He loved music and could play the guitar pretty well, as well as the banjo and mandolin.
He was a member of the Valley County Conservation District and had strong beliefs on protecting the land for farming, wildlife and future generations. He was a member of the Nashua School board for many years. He was also on the Valley County TV Board and was instrumental with bringing TV to this area of rural Montana. He set up many TV antennas at farms across Valley and McCone counties, and many people will remember him as the man who brought TV to their house.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Theona Garwood.
He is survived by his children, Ronald of Nashua, Karen Stearns of Harlem and Diane Forbes of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua. Burial will follow at Nashua Cemetery.
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Jessica Marie (Nedrud, Parker) Renville died Sept. 22, 2015, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
She was born 33 years ago to Susan (Lambert) Parker and David Nedrud on Nov. 16, 1981, at Cul-
bertson Memorial Hospital in Culbertson. She grew up and attended Brockton Schools and graduated in 2000. She was active in basketball and was known by her nickname, Rock-O-Meter 2000.
She enjoyed spending lots of time with her friends and family, especially her many cousins.
She was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2003 that left her an incomplete quadriplegic, but her physical limitations did not stop her.
She continued her pursuit of a college degree and, on Feb. 29, 2012 (a leap year), she married her best friend, Marcus Henry Isreal Renville in a private ceremony in Wolf Point.
She spent much of her time talking with her family and friends and even traveling to watch her nieces and nephews at basketball games. She loved spending time with her special nieces and nephews; Jaila, Wyatt, Raven and JJ.
She was full of love, compassion and humor. She always had a smile or joke for someone.
She is survived by her husband, Marcus Renville of Wolf Point; stepdaughter, Tiffany Muller of Williston, N.D.; mother and father, Susan and Val Parker of Wolf Point; sister, Jenny Lambert of Poplar; her biological father and stepmother, David and Virginia Nedrud of Pocatello, Idaho; and grandmother, Lillian Nedrud of Wolf Point.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 27, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp. Interment was at the Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.